Justin Raimondo's recent article on the anthrax attacks reminded me that, really, the anthrax attacks were the first step, really, after September 11 leading towards war with Iraq.
It was the anthrax letters that started people pointing to Iraq as a target (or alternately, that were used as the excuse to target Iraq). He references this post (use the find function (apple key-F for Mac, Control-F for Windows, and type in "the coming attack" but without the quotes to find the specific post) by Ol' Sully.
I distinctly remember in 2001 reading someone who was talking about the investigation (I think it was Sullivan, but I could be wrong) who said something along the lines of "or here's an idea: maybe it was Saddam who sent the anthrax." Essentially, there were accusations that someone was passively covering up (i.e., not looking for) Iraqi involvement. The general impression was that a lot of neocons were salivating for an excuse to attack Saddam. Which, of course, they were.
I'm not sure if there is much of a point to this post, other than remembering how the focus on Iraq started.
That is all.